Health Calendar published May 19, 2021

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May 19—Aging Wisely

WILLMAR — Aging Wisely: Finding New Confidence and Purpose will meet at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 20, at the Willmar Community Center. The program is part of a series to help support the educational, social and nutritional needs of older adults. Pastor Dean Johnson of Calvary Lutheran Church, Willmar, will speak on "Working Through the Tough Times of Grief." Social distancing, wearing masks, etc. required. For more information and to make a reservation, call Carrie at 320-231-2598 by 4 p.m. May 19.

NAMI Western Minnesota

The National Alliance on Mental Illness and NAMI Minnesota has online support groups and mental health classes in response to COVID-19. All are available through the Minnesota website at

Faith-Based Communities: May 28, noon to 1 p.m., online, free. Speakers will share their personal stories of recovery from mental illness in a presentation designed for people who are part of a faith community and wanting to learn more about mental illnesses as well as resources to support their recovery or the recovery of their loved ones. To register for this presentation, click on "Classes" at

Senior LinkAge

The Senior LinkAge Line is a free service of the Minnesota Board on Aging. The Senior LinkAge Line is the State Health Insurance Assistance Program and Senior Medicare Patrol for Minnesota. Specialists provide one-to-one assistance with all Medicare and health insurance issues. Live chat with a specialist also can be accessed online at More classes and events can be found at:

Senior LinkAge Line: Older adults can contact the Senior LinkAge Line at 1-800-333-2433 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays to receive help with questions involving Medicare and health insurance, help finding services to stay in one's home or help to afford medication. Be sure to have a complete list of prescription drugs and dosages.

Medicare 101: May 26, 10 to 11 a.m., online. Medicare can be confusing. If you know little to nothing about Medicare and want a brief overview before digging deeper, this class is for you. Learn the basics of Medicare Part A, B, C and Part D. This class will also give you information about when and how to enroll. Sign up at


WILLMAR — A virtual cancer support group will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month, May 24. It is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with cancer — any stage, any age — and focuses on building connections and friendships. It is facilitated by Carris Health Cancer Center care coordinators, along with a cancer survivor and his support system. Knowing everybody has at least one thing in common to tie you together — cancer — can make it easier to open up, share, cry and laugh. Facilitators will make sure nobody is forced to share more than they are comfortable with. Free. Register at

Senior chat line

Coffee Talk, a statewide phone chat line for older adults, is open from 8 a.m. to noon weekdays. Call toll-free at 877-238-2282. It is staffed by volunteers who understand the older adult population's needs and challenges and is dedicated to easing loneliness and social isolation among older adults. Volunteers can offer words of encouragement and understanding and provide information about support and resources available in the person's community. Calls are free. The caller's privacy is a priority, and the only information requested will be first name. Users of the line may call as often as they would like.

Home-delivered meals

Willmar Meals on Wheels: Hot Meals on Wheels are delivered on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A frozen meal is available for the following day or the weekend. The meals are available for persons who are unable to cook for themselves due to their age, disability, illness or recent release from the hospital. Along with the regular meal, three special diet meals are available. The cost is $6.81 and includes all the side dishes (including dessert) and either milk or juice.

Order by 1 p.m. the weekday before the delivery day by calling 320-235-5310, ext. 219, or 320-894-7401. The menu is available on West Central Industries website, under Business Solutions.

Willmar Senior Dining: The meals are served at 11:30 a.m. weekdays and are also available for curbside pickup at the Community Center. The meals are open to those who are 60 years of age and older. Suggested donation of $5 a meal. Call 320-262-5288 by noon the day before and leave a message. The menu is available on the city of Willmar website under Community Center.


The American Red Cross conducts blood drives in the west central area. To give blood you must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. You can give blood every 56 days. Double red cells can be donated every 112 days. While all blood types are needed, type O and type B-negative donors are especially encouraged to give.

Appointments can be made at 1-800-RED-CROSS or online at All donors need acceptable identification. The preferred form is a government-issued picture identification, such as a driver's license, or a Red Cross blood donor card. Otherwise you will need to provide two other forms of identification, such as a work identification, Social Security card, personal check or credit card. Personalized mail such as a utility bill will not be accepted.

Blood drives scheduled for the Tribune area that still had appointments available as of deadline are:

May 21, New London: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church

May 24, Willmar: Noon to 6 p.m., American Legion

May 25, Willmar: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Willmar Public Library

May 25, Willmar: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services

May 27, Olivia: Noon to 6 p.m., Renville County Government Services Center

May 28, Olivia: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Max's Grill

June 1, Sacred Heart: 1 to 7 p.m., Community Center

June 2, Olivia: Noon to 6 p.m., St. Aloysius Catholic Church

June 3, Olivia: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., St. Aloysius Catholic Church

June 3, Glenwood: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., Glenwood Lutheran Church

June 4, Danube: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Center

June 7, Bird Island: 1 to 7 p.m., Our Savior's Lutheran Church

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